I like wine (and I know that unsnob is not a word, but...).
I do not like to talk about wine or read about the opinions of others (usually wine snobs—provide your own definition). Despite the posturing that one must endure with wine freaks, there is only one criterion and that can come only after a bottle has been opened. I judge a wine only by how it tastes. I have two levels of rating: Mmmm and Bah. I utter a sound only for wines falling in the former category. Occasionally, I am forced to finish a glass of the latter, because I have been served and want to be polite.
I do not keep track of wines (although I did receive a wine journal as a present—sorry!)) that I have enjoyed (or not) and have a poor memory. I have enjoyed some to the most famous and most expensive wines...and a whole bunch of really cheap wine. The top wines are enjoyable (especially when someone else pays), but not so much more to merit the cost. I understand supply and demand, but that does not add to the flavor. In general, I have found that cheap white wine is less bad than cheap red wine. Paradoxically, I prefer red wine vinegar to white wine vinegar...
I do not talk about wine, because I have not bothered to learn much and cannot remember most of what I should have learned. I have a good friend, who is one of Germany’s leading winemakers. He has tried over the years to impart wisdom and failed (good teacher; bad pupil). Besides being able to produce good wine, year in and year out, he has a lot of patience with my repeated posing of stupid questions.
In red wines, I tend to prefer those from the Bordeaux region. I do not notice red grape varieties, but do not like Shiraz or merlot. In whites, I tend to notice grape varieties and not regions. I enjoy pinot grigio/pinot gris/graue Burgunder, white merlot, Grüner Veltiner, and some obscure varieties available only in Switzerland. I have had excellent wines from Alsace and, occasionally, had a decent Riesling.
I would never try to impose my taste on another person, so go try some wine on your own and discover what you like. Don’t bother reading anything, especially this...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.